Via Tyler Kepner –
The Yankees appear to be on the verge of removing the struggling Phil Hughes from the starting rotation.
Hughes was not on the field with the rest of the team during batting practice and was not available for comment before the game. It is not known if Hughes would be optioned to Scranton or placed on the disabled list with an injury not believed to be related to his pitching arm.
When asked after batting practice if Hughes was healthy, Manager Joe Girardi said he was. General Manager Brian Cashman said he could not comment on Hughes’s health status, but he said Hughes’s immediate future was being discussed.
I was doing a bit of driving this afternoon – between the hours of 4 pm ET and 6:30 pm ET. While in the car, I was flipping back and forth between Michael Kay on ESPN Radio and Mike & The Mad Dog on WFAN.
On both shows, they were really picking on Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman for making statements today of “Hughes is still a member of the starting rotation” while not answering the question of “Will Hughes make his next start?” Both shows, and all three hosts, concurred that Girardi and Cashman not stating, yes or no, that Hughes would make his next start meant Hughes was going to be replaced.
Michael Kay, between 4:30 pm and 5 pm, was especially tough on Hughes. Kay was saying things like:
‘I don’t understand how someone can be considered the best pitching prospect in baseball when they throw a 91 MPH fastball that’s as straight as an arrow.’
‘Last year people said were weren’t seeing the real Phil Hughes because of his injury. And, he’s not hurt now and we’re still seeing the same unimpressive stuff.”
But, Kay really got me when he said something along the lines of:
‘The Yankees people say that Hughes is an ace in the making. I want to believe them, but, players that I’ve talked to have told me that Hughes, at best, will be a forth or a fifth starter.’
Man, when a Yankee Propaganda Puppet like Kay starts ripping on Hughes like this, you know the worm has turned on poor Phil Franchise.